"Personalized Medicine and Statistics" — 2014 Parsons Lecture at UNC Asheville Set for April 9

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Marie Davidian

Renowned biostatistician Marie Davidian, will discuss the use of statistics in personalizing medical treatment when she delivers UNC Asheville’s 2014 Parsons Lecture, The Right Treatment for the Right Patient at the Right Time: Personalized Medicine and Statistics, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in Lipinsky Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Personalized medicine involves selecting the best treatment for a patient based on their own characteristics and past history. This requires making sense of vast, complex data. Statistics is an essential tool for tackling these challenges and uncovering optimal strategies for treatment.  Davidian’s lecture will provide an overview of the challenges involved and of the essential role of statistical methods and study designs in the quest for personalized medicine.

Davidian is the William Neal Reynolds Professor in the Department of Statistics at North Carolina State University, and as an adjunct member of Duke University’s faculty, she collaborates with colleagues at the Duke Clinical Research Institute on problems in cardiovascular disease research.

She is the executive editor of Biometrics, a journal of the International Biometric Society and she has served as president of the Eastern North American Region of the International Biometric Society, and of the American Statistical Association.

Davidian is the recipient of numerous awards, including North Carolina State University’s 2012 D. D. Mason Faculty Award for contributions to the statistics profession, and the 2012 International Biometric Society Award.  She is a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Each year, UNC Asheville’s Parsons Lecture showcases well-known mathematicians who are able to explain their field of study to a general audience. The lecture honors the late   UNC Asheville Professor Emeritus Joe Parsons for his contributions to the university and its Department of Mathematics, and for his service to the Asheville community  as a tutor of young children. Funds for the lecture endowment were contributed in 1998 by one of his former students. Parsons died in 2006.

For more information, call UNC Asheville's Mathematics Department at 828.251.6556.